Muses & mystères was presented on 21 February and 6 March, 2016, 2pm, at Pointe-À-Callière, Old Port of Montréal
Muses & mystères is the 2016 ‘Port Symphony’ (‘Symphonie portuaire‘), commissioned annually by the Musée Pointe-à-Callière. It is a 25-minute work divided into two sections: a Prelude for six highland bagpipes, two snare drums, and bass drum; and the Sympolyphony, which adds the horns of five moored ships, a locomotive whistle, and the bells of the Notre-Dame Basilica. The piece is broadly inspired by Agatha Christie, the subject of the concurrent exhibition at the Musée, and comprises conventional pipe-and-drum music that I have written, traditional pipe-and-drum music from the band’s repertoire, unconventional pipe music, spatialised/cartographic elements, and a few other surprises.
Muses & mystères will be performed by Montréal Pipes & Drums (P/M Jérémy Tétrault-Farber, bandleader), Ida Toninato (Queen of Bells), and numerous volunteers who will be playing the ship horns and train whistle.
Muses & mystères is dedicated to Evan Parker, who at moments can sound like six pipers warming up.
Other cartographic works:
- Parcours parcuivres (2016)
- Rara Avis (2015)
- The Share (2012)
- Chamber Elements (2012)
- AGOrienteering (2011)
- Belgorienteering (2009)
- Sonorienteering (2009)
- Terpsichorienteering (2009)
- Acoustic Orienteering (2007-09)
- Arborienteering (2007)
- Music(in)Galleries (2006-10)
- Overview of Cartographic Series